FABIO, SARAH WEBSTER (Mrs. Cyril L. Fabio) ( 1928-1979), Playwright, poet, critic, and college teacher. Born in Nashville, TN. A prominent literary figure in the Black Arts movement in California during the 1960s. Her poetry and articles appeared frequently in Negro Digest/Black World. Her many volumes of poetry include A Mirror, a Soul ( 1969), Black Talk: Soul, Shield and Sword ( 1973), and Soul Ain't, Soul Is ( 1973).
M. L. King Pageant (black history pageant, 1967). Prod. at Merritt Jr. Coll., Oakland, CA, and at the Students Theatre, Univ. of California/Berkeley, 1967. The Saga of the Black Man ( 1975). Pub. in the Iowa Review, Spring 1975. No Crystal Stair: Steps to Emancipation for the Black Woman ( 1975).
FAISON, GEORGE ( 1947- ), Choreographer, director, and musical playwright. Best known for his choreography of "Earth, Wind and Fire" and The Wiz ( 1975). Also choreographed the Radio City Music Hall production of Porgy and Bess ( 1973).
Sing, Mahalia, Sing (gospel musical, 2 acts, 1985). Book by Faison. Music and lyrics by Faison, Richard Smallwood, and Wayne Davis. About the life and times of Mahalia Jackson. Prod. as a national touring production, opening March 18, 1985, at the Shubert Theatre in Philadelphia, then traveling to 11 other cities during its run. With J ennifer Holliday, alternating with Esther Marrow, in the title role, supported by a cast of more than 20.
FANN, AL ( Albert Louis Fann) ( 1925- ), Actor, director, producer, and playwright. Born in Cleveland, OH. Studied at the Cleveland Inst. of Music, 1956. Asst. director for 15 years of the Karamu Theatre in Cleveland. Founder, exec. director, and resident playwright, since 1967, of the Al Fann Theatrical